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FAA Threatens Southwest Over Safety Standards

The Associated Press reports: Federal regulators have threatened to ground dozens of Southwest Airlines jets if the airline can’t confirm that the planes, which it bought used from foreign operators, meet all safety standards. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it has validated some major repairs to the planes, and it is asking Southwest for more frequent updates until the …

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Lawsuit Claims Southwest Pilots Hid Cam In Lavatory

Arizona Central reports: A Phoenix-based Southwest Airlines flight attendant has sued the airline, accusing the Dallas-based carrier of retaliation after she reported spotting two pilots livestreaming video from the lavatory to an iPad in the cockpit on one of her flights. Renee Steinaker was working as a flight attendant on Flight 1088 between Pittsburgh and Phoenix. The suit alleges that …

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Qantas Tests 19-Hour Non-Stop Commercial Flight

CNN reports: Australian airline Qantas has completed the longest non-stop commercial passenger flight, researching the potential impacts of ultra-long haul flights on pilots, crew and passengers. With 49 people on board, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight completed the 10,066-mile journey from New York to Sydney in 19 hours and 16 minutes. Cameras were mounted in the cockpit to record pilot …

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Airlines Waive Change Fees As Dorian Approaches

USA Today reports: As Hurricane Dorian gained momentum on its path to Florida on Thursday, the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency for 26 counties, leading airlines, cruise lines and members of the hospitality community in the state to issue waivers for travelers who need to reschedule or cancel trips. The National Hurricane Center predicted that Hurricane …

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Trump Sides Against US Airlines In Wild CEOs Meeting

NBC News reports: The three largest U.S. airlines presumed that President Donald Trump would take their side in a ferocious, yearslong dispute with Persian Gulf-based airlines — if they could just get his attention. They got his attention, by way of TV ads the president saw on Fox News. But when Trump finally gathered executives from both sides of the …

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Southwest Pulls Out Of Newark Over Boeing 737 Max

CNBC reports: Shares of Southwest Airlines tumbled Thursday after the low-cost carrier said it doesn’t plan to fly the grounded Boeing 737 Max until next year, warned about higher-than-expected costs and announced it’s pulling out of Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline removed the Max from its schedules until Jan. 5, the latest of any U.S. airline and a sign …

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BRITAIN: Airline Bills Woman For $105K After Disruptive Behavior Sparks Hijack Scare And Fighter Jets Escort

CNN reports: A passenger whose “extremely disruptive behavior” caused a flight to be diverted with a military escort has been sent a bill for £85,000 ($105,000) and permanently banned from the airline. Chloe Haines has been accused by British operator Jet2 of a “catalog of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behavior,” including “attempting to open the aircraft doors,” during a flight …

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Flight Diverted After Severe Turbulence Injures 35

The CBC reports: An Air Canada flight traveling from Toronto to Sydney, Australia, with a scheduled stop in Vancouver, encountered sudden and severe turbulence Thursday, leaving at least 35 passengers with injuries, the airline said. Flight AC33 was diverted to Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport around 6:46 a.m. local time, where medical staff were on standby to examine the …

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Boeing Pledges $100M To Victims Of 737 Max Crashes

The New York Times reports: Boeing said on Wednesday that it would allocate $100 million to help the families and communities affected by the recent crashes of two of its 737 Max jets. The move was among the most overt acknowledgment of Boeing’s responsibility in the crashes, which were caused in part by a malfunctioning anti-stall system on the new …

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Boeing May Reimburse Airlines For 737 MAX Grounding

Axios reports: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the aircraft maker is having “ongoing conversations” with its airline customers about possible reimbursements following the grounding of its 737 MAX during an interview with Axios’ Mike Allen at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday. The 737 MAX was grounded worldwide after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people, highlighting concerns about …

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Investigators Blame Boeing Crash On Anti-Stall System

NBC News reports: The investigation into March’s fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash — which helped lead to a worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft — has reached the preliminary conclusion that a “suspect flight-control feature automatically activated before the plane nose-dived into the ground,” the WSJ reports. The big picture: The preliminary investigation into the fatal Boeing 737 MAX …

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Pilots Trained For Boeing Model With Online Course

CNN reports: Pilots transitioning to the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from older 737 models were given a short, self-administered online course that made no mention of a new system now at the center of two crash investigations, pilots’ unions spokesmen for two American carriers told CNN. “The course was not instructor-led. It was self-administered,” said Mike Trevino, a spokesman …

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Multiple Pilots Warned Feds About Boeing Model

The Dallas Morning News reports: Pilots repeatedly voiced safety concerns about the Boeing 737 Max 8 to federal authorities, with one captain calling the flight manual “inadequate and almost criminally insufficient” several months before Sunday’s Ethiopian Air crash that killed 157 people, an investigation by The Dallas Morning News found. The News found at least five complaints about the Boeing …

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Some Airlines Ground Boeing Model After Crash

CNN reports: Airlines in multiple countries have suspended the use of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 aircraft over concerns about its safety, after an Ethiopian Airlines flight of the same model crashed Sunday killing all 157 people on board. Flight ET302 to Nairobi had just taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa Sunday when it reported technical problems …

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Flight Attendants Union To Strike If Shutdown Resumes

“Many Americans breathed a sigh of relief when the shutdown ended, assuming that the crisis had passed. But as your flight attendant, I need to tell you the truth: Everyone is less safe flying today than we were before the shutdown. There is bipartisan support to keep the government open with stable, long-term funding. Americans overwhelmingly support this solution. “But …

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British Airways Features Gay Couple In Centenary Video

The Independent reports: This year marks 100 years since British Airways started flying. To celebrate its centenary, the airline has just released its 100th anniversary campaign advert, with best of British talent front and centre. The advert, called #BA100, is designed to be a “love letter to Britain”. Famous faces onboard the special #BA100 flight include actors Gary Oldman, Olivia …

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Pilots Union Begs Trump To End Dangerous Shutdown

Inc.com reports: In a scorchingly fact-based letter to President Trump, the Air Line Pilots Association — which represents 61,000 pilots — used simple words. Its president, Captain Joe DePete wrote: “I am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our …

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TEXAS: World’s First “Christian Airline” To Launch

The Christian Post reports: Christians traveling around the world and locally for mission trips and religious tours may soon be able to kiss lost luggage and baggage fees goodbye as Judah 1, an aviation ministry out of Texas is set to become the world’s first Christian airline. The ministry announced that the FAA had accepted their application to switch from …

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American Airlines Threatens To Change Ticketing Policy

The Associated Press reports: American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on unreasonable airline fees. American CEO Doug Parker says his airline would be acting just like many other businesses when customers want to swap their ticket for a different flight or for another …

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Hackers Hit British Airways: 380K Credit Card Details

The Associated Press reports: Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways travelers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says. BA’s CEO, Alex Cruz, said Friday that enough data was stolen to allow criminals to use credit card information for illicit purposes, and that police are …

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